Super Bowl notebook: Ray Lewis reiterates his denial of taking banned substance
NEW ORLEANS — Ray Lewis was in full denial mode for a second consecutive day at the Super Bowl.
He reiterated he never took an animal extract that might have contained a banned substance to hasten his return from a torn triceps.
The Ravens linebacker said he was “agitated” but not mad about the allegations made by the owner of a company that supplies alternative health aids to athletes. “I'm too blessed to be stressed,” he said.
“I think it's probably one of the most embarrassing things that we can do on this type of stage,” Lewis said. “When you let cowards come in and do things like that, to try to disturb something … the reason why I am smiling is because it is so funny of a story.”
Coach John Harbaugh and the Ravens have strongly supported Lewis, pointing out he never has tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug. They also reportedly urged him to categorically deny the allegations.
• Randy Moss was in full self-promotion mode for the second consecutive day at the Super Bowl. After proclaiming himself as the best receiver of all time during the media day frenzy Tuesday, Moss wasn't about to back off as the interviews moved to a more intimate setting in a hotel ballroom rather than on the Mercedes-Benz Superdome turf. “I think when it comes to going out there, making plays and helping the team do the things they are able to do to win the game, I think I am the greatest receiver ever, point blank,” Moss said. “Next question.” Regardless, he also said, “I just try to stay humble and do my job.”
• Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell believes the NFL needs to tweak the Rooney Rule that requires minority candidates to be interviewed for head coaching jobs. None of the eight recent NFL coaching hires was a minority. “I think it has been a great rule and has worked in the past,” he said. “Just like anything else you have to, after a certain period of time, revisit it and take a look and see if it needs a little tweaking.” Caldwell, who was fired as the Colts' coach a season ago, did not offer any possible tweaks.
• Ravens tackle Michael Oher is being blindsided again by questions about his background. Oher was an All-American high school tackle who, without a place to call home and any money, moved in with a wealthy family in Memphis, Tenn., during his high school days. His story became a best-selling book and later a movie called “The Blind Side,” a reference to how a left tackle protects a quarterback's blind side. Oher said the movie errs by suggesting he knew nothing about playing football before joining his new family. “They made it look like I didn't know how to play football,” Oher said. “I think the person behind it was a little off. Ever since I was 7 or 8 years old I understood the game of football. I always had the concept of the game down. You can't teach someone how to play football in a month.”